Scientists have unearthed the world´s largest known rat in Southeast Asia. Discovered in East Timor, the rat -- which lived thousands of years ago -- weighed more than the average house cat at 13.2 pounds.
Excavations have unearthed some 13 different species of rodents, 11 of which were previously unknown before the Timorese dig. According to Ken Alpin from Australia´s CSIRO, East Indonesia is a rodent hotspot, evolution wise.
Alpin said the find had exciting possibilities. "Although less than 15 percent of Timor´s original forest cover remains, parts of the island are still heavily forested, so who knows what might be out there?"